Its’s All About Jesus
Lost And Found: Losing Religion, Finding Grace by Kendra Fletcher is a powerful little book exploring the difference between religion and relationship.
Religion presents us with rules. We try to work out our salvation. We focus so much on ourselves and our ‘doing’ that we lose sight of God. “We loved our religion… more than we loved our Saviour.”
Relationship says it’s all about Jesus. It’s all about what Jesus has done. Our hope, our lives, everything is tied up in Jesus. He is the centre. “Only one thing matters: Jesus.”
Uncovering The Truth
Let The Dead Speak by Jane Casey is a nail biting thriller that had me hooked from the start. It is the seventh book in the Maeve Kerrigan series but can be read as a stand-alone.
Written from the point of view of Maeve Kerrigan, the reader easily engages with the open and honest style from the start. The reader views all the action and evidence as Maeve ‘sees’ it. I tried to guess the outcome but failed miserably.
The book was full of twists and turns that had me on the edge of my seat. The storyline was fabulous and it would make a wonderful movie.
Love, Laughter And Family
The Kicking The Bucket List by Cathy Hopkins is an amusing contemporary read about love, family and relationships. It is also a study of grief. “Grief is like standing on the edge of the ocean. Some days… it’s manageable. Other days… it blasts like a tsunami.” Grief can be all consuming as one adjusts to a new ‘normal.’
The novel follows three sisters over a year. Each one is unique. The relationship has been fractured. Can they rebuild as they unite in grief?
There are many themes and as well as studying grief, the novel is a study of life. “Life isn’t made up of what is thrown at you, it’s about how you react to it.”. The novel is a study of hope. A study of the past, present and future. It will make you smile. It definitely made me laugh out loud. And it will make you cry.
A Second Chance by Alexis A Goring is a delightful contemporary Christian romance which I really enjoyed.
The novel has the themes of faith and trust. Being hurt in the past raises trust issues. This hurt has erected a barrier between individuals and between God. God, who should have prevented the hurt, or so it is believed. However being a Christian does not make us immune to bad things but when they happen we know we have God who walks beside us and who has promised to never leave us. God wants us to have faith and trust His plans for our lives.
There is the subject of loss. Grief can be raw for months and years after losing loved ones. Time and compassion are needed to heal.